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How does Kenrick Ellis fit into DT rotation?

Photos of DT Kenrick Ellis' career with the Giants and Jets

The Giants made a big move on Wednesday when they signed 6-foot-4, 346-pound defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis.


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Ellis, who became an unrestricted free agent after spending his first four years in the NFL with the New York Jets, joins the Giants with 47 games and five starts under his belt. His career numbers include 53 tackles and a sack, which he got last season.

His size immediately made him the heaviest player on Big Blue's roster and will come in handy for a run defense that ranked 30th in yards allowed and last in yards per carry in 2014. Ellis came from a Jets defense that thrived against the run and ranked in the top five over the last two seasons, including 2013 when it allowed a league-best 3.4 yards per carry.

With the return of Steve Spagnuolo as defensive coordinator, the Giants will try to build back up to those kinds of numbers. During the two years of his first stint with the Giants, Spagnuolo's defense ranked in the top 10 against the run in 2007 and 2008. 

How the Giants exactly utilize Ellis in the rotation will be decided over the coming months, but here we take a look at how he fits into the interior of the defensive line:

Kenrick Ellis (5th season)

Height: 6-4   Weight: 346   Age: 27 
2014 (NYJ): 14 G, 12 tackles, 1.0 sack
Career: 47 G, 5 GS, 53 tackles, 1.0 sack

Cullen Jenkins (12th season)

Height: 6-2   Weight: 305   Age: 34
2014: 12 G, 11 GS, 15 tackles, 1.0 sack, 1 PD
Career: 153 G, 124 GS, 306 tackles, 44.5 sacks, 18 PD, 1 INT, 8 FF

Johnathan Hankins (3rd season)

Height: 6-2   Weight: 320   Age: 22
2014: 16 G, 16 GS, 51 tackles, 7.0 sacks, 3 PD, 1 FF
Career: 27 G, 16 GS, 67 tackles, 7.0 sacks, 3 PD, 1 FF

Markus Kuhn (4th season)

Height: 6-4   Weight: 303   Age: 28
2014: 14 G, 1 GS, 19 tackles, 1.0 sack, 1 FR for TD
Career: 29 G, 2 GS, 28 tackles, 1.0 sack, 4 PD

Jay Bromley (2nd season)

Height: 6-3   Weight: 310   Age: 22
2014 (rookie): 8 G, 5 tackles
Career: 2014 third-round draft choice out of Syracuse.

Dominique Hamilton (1st season)

Height: 6-5   Weight: 315   Age: 26
2014: 0 G
Career: Hamilton originally entered the NFL in 2012 as a rookie free agent with the Oakland Raiders and spent time on the Giants' practice squad last year before being signed to their active roster for the last two weeks of the season.  He has yet to play in an NFL game.

Photos of the Giants 2015 official roster

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